Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Review: The Mountain Goats "All Eternals Deck"

The Mountain Goats have released a new album, All Eternals Deck. I will be writing this review as I listen to the album for the very first time to offer the strongest impressions one can have about art, first impressions. I will be very lightly editing the review after the listen-through, however, to ensure that accuracy and decent writing are present as much as possible.




Hit the jump for my sloppily-written review!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review: Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS released today (March 27th) in North America and I have gotten my grubby mitts on a cosmo black system (the 3DS is also available in aqua blue.) The system is launching for $249 and games run between $40-50 each. The 3DS has improved graphics and processing power compared to the now old Nintendo DS. But, the real draw of the 3DS is glasses-free 3D gaming.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Eyehategod Live DVD



It’s been over a month since I’ve made a post on the blog, but the new Eyehategod DVD was released on Tuesday and surprisingly my local music store actually had it, so I figured I’d do a quick write-up about it. After seeing Eyehategod live last year in Cambridge, Mass I had an idea of how awesome it was going to be, and it definitely did not disappoint me. This is the best sludge band ever and while they are great on every album, they are a band that needs to be experienced live to be fully appreciated. The volume at which they play and the amount of feedback their music is drenched in puts you in another state when you see them live. The set lists for both the Cleveland and Baltimore shows are perfect, the band plays live staples such as “Sister Fucker (Part 1)” and “Jackass in the Will of God”, while also playing some songs that don’t get played live as often, like “Dogs Holy Life” and “Crimes Against Skin” (which they admit to not playing in years). Besides the two full sets, the DVD also has some bonus features: 3 songs from a set in Vienna Austria and videos for “Sister Fucker,” “Age of Bootcamp,” and “Anxiety Hangover.” This DVD might not be a substitute for seeing them in person, but it is essential viewing for any fan of the band that IS sludge metal.

Order here.

Watch the newest trailer in which the band plays "Masters of Legalized Confusion":

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Update

This week's Face Off review may be delayed a few day. I hope you, the readers (all 3.5 of you), don't mind. I'm in Florida for spring break and don't know if I'll be able to watch it and review it on time. By the time I get to it it will be old news but oh well, I'll still give my two cents.

Also, I have added a chat to the blog (on the right hand side). Feel free to leave comments, suggestions, insults, anything you'd like.

Hopefully I/we will become more diligent about posting after break and as school winds down.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Bloody Best Project


I first heard about The Bloody Best Project this past winter during a dinner with my girlfriend's family. What started out as a by chance conversation about horror movies with a friend of the family led to a discussion about her involvement with the project.

Taken from the website:
"The Bloody Best Project is a celebration of the horror genre and the people who have shaped it into what it is today. We do this by creating high end conceptual images of the very people who have scared us on the silver screen. Never before has a project like this been attempted, but our team- Ama, Autumn, Melissa, and Roger take on the challenge full force. Our hope is to bring you a beautiful, twisted, and dark collection of images that will showcase the amazing talent of legendary scream queens, slashers, monsters, directors, FX artists, and of the minds and talent that have created nightmares for decades. This project has stemmed out of our life long love and enthusiasm for the horror genre and our goal is to channel that passion into this project and bring you art that is awe inspiring, gut wrenching, and that immortalizes the bloody best- the legends of the horror industry."
The project is still underway and no release date has been given yet, but I can't wait till it's done. The list of people featured in this project is astounding. Stay updated with their Facebook page and check out some of the already released pictures after the jump.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Homemade Music Video

When I was home this past summer, I found myself being more and more aware of and taking part in Maine's "local scene." I use that term not only in reference to the music scene, but the art scene as well, like Maine's all local, completely independent art zine Flannel Collective. It was through meeting and talking to members from local bands that I got the idea to film a music video for Maine's one-man, doom metal monolith Hallowed Butchery (Facebook and MySpace). I talked some ideas over with Ryan, the man behind the life destroying music, and set out to film a music video not only to help out a friend and be more involved in Maine's metal scene but also to get back into filming and editing since it had been quite a long time since I had been behind a camera.

Order your Hallowed Butchery merch at the Big Cartel and Band Camp sites.

I filmed the video over the course of the summer with the help of my friends and edited it over the fall and winter (it really didn't need that much time, it just took a back seat because of school). Anyways, here's the final product.